Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the blog THE BROKE AND THE BOOKISH. Every Tuesday, I love seeing these lists around my favorite blogs so I decided to jump into the fun and participate, too. Please click the graphic above to see what other blogs are posting their top ten today!
1. BRAN CORNICK (Series: Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs)
As the Marrok, or the alpha, of the North America Pack of werewolves, Bran Cornick is one of Patricia Briggs’ most dangerous and compelling characters in her stellar Mercy Thompson series. He’s unassuming but full of power. I just love his complexity, his caring, and his ruthlessness.
2. SAMUEL CORNICK (Series: Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs)
As long as we’re in Mercy’s world let me throw in Bran’s son, Samuel. He plays a more important role in the first few books in the series and I had a major book crush on him. I’m a sucker for a tragic past and he has one. He pines for a woman he can’t have but ultimately finds happiness. Spinoff? Please?
3. EVERHART SISTERS (Series: Jane Yellowrock by Faith Hunter)
This is a family of witchy sisters in North Carolina who all, except for two, have extraordinary powers. They love each other and fight with each other as only a family of women can do. The Everhart women are interesting secondary characters because of their power and their relationships with each other. I think Hunter could do an entire spinoff series on these women and I hope she does.
4. JUPE BUTLER (Series: Arcadia Bell by Jenn Bennett)
Jupe is the young son of Lon Butler, Arcadia Bell’s love interest in Jenn Bennett’s wonderful urban fantasy series of the same name. Jupe is young, funny, smart, and steals every scene he’s in. He has the hormones, bravado, and smart assery of a tween but turns around and shares tender moments that remind you he’s just a kid. I love the way Bennett weaves him into the series, giving us a window into this non-traditional family with Jupe at the center.
5. JEAN LAFITTE (Series: Sentinels of New Orleans by Suzanne Johnson)
A dead pirate kept immortal by the power and magic of human memory? Sexy, dangerous, a criminal, a crook…yes, very memorable.
6. BARRONS & ARAMINA (Series: London Steampunk by Bec McMaster)
These two characters in Bec McMaster’s darkly romantic paranormal series, London Steampunk, on the surface seem to despise each other. But always in the background are lingering looks, cryptic comments, and something deeper than appearances. I’m betting McMaster will give us a book about these two but until then, we have to enjoy them as secondary characters to the drama that unfolds center stage.
7. PHIN THE UNICORN (Series: Abby Sinclair by Alison Pang)
A horny, miniature unicorn? It may sound ridiculous and something that would be more annoying than entertaining, but believe me when I say he will make you laugh out loud.
8. SAMWISE GAMGEE (Series: Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien)
I’m sorry but who doesn’t want a loyal friend like Samwise, who believes in you and stands by your side in the face of real danger? A great, moving, unassuming character who is powerful in so many unexpected ways.
9. REBECCA (Book: Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier)
Ok, so it might be weird to put down Rebecca as a secondary character when her name is the title of the book. But if you’ve read Rebecca, you know what I mean. We never meet Rebecca but her presence is everywhere in this story, hanging there in the corner like a ghost, invading and conquering the mind and emotions of our young, nameless heroine.
10. MRS. ROCHESTER (Book: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte)
If you haven’t read Jane Eyre then don’t read this because it will be spoilery. If you have read the book then you know why I put it on my list. Crazy wife locked in the attic? How can you ever forget this woman. She was a character that has inspired debate, analysis and other works of fiction. Memorable is an understatement.
Who are some your most memorable secondary characters?